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    I was a seasonal GS-5 Biological Resource Technician

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    Current Employee - Biological Resource Technician in Redding, CA
    Current Employee - Biological Resource Technician in Redding, CA

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The scope of work was a dream come true. The experience was priceless. The Supervisors were incredibly smart, passionate, and a blessing to work with. Compensation was great, as was the structure for getting time off. The potential for personal growth is wonderful, if you can secure a position which will allow that. Work-life balance is stressed upon the employees which is wonderful. Company values are also wonderful. It's truly a great place to work.

    Cons

    Most Forest Service positions are seasonal, not to exceed 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, etc. Any full-time/permanent jobs are extremely hard to come by. Applying for jobs is the worst part about trying to get your foot in the door. Everything goes through USAJobs.gov and it's insanely hard to get through the system and into the hands of a real person. If you do, then it's somewhere across the Country (generally) from where your applying, and it's a very long process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of USAJobs.gov and use a different application process. Allow applicants to apply directly to the Hiring Manager of the position that is being advertised. Skip all the "keyword matching/online system" nonsense. I understand Veterans get preference, AS THEY SHOULD, but it makes it almost impossible for anyone who is not a Veteran to get a position. There should be positions available for everyone.

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    The interview was conducted via phone, and was very informal. The hiring manager seemed about as uncomfortable as I was. I had told them I could conduct the interview in the afternoon, but they called in the morning when I had my children with me. They said it was okay, and we did the interview with my kids screaming in the background. I got the job!

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Website www.fs.fed.us/
Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 1 to 5 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Less than $1 million (USD) per year
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